How important is a “traditional” education? By traditional, I mean the physical classroom, structured and controlled; an instructor “instructing”, assigning homework and giving assessments. I guess it all depends on who you ask. We were about 2 hours into our road trip, when my son announced that he needed to tell us something really important.
I immediately cringe and I think to myself, I hope she’s not pregnant. God If she’s pregnant, I’m sorry, but I’m not raising any more babies. Like most parents, after that statement, I braced myself for the worst. Then I hear a voice say, “I don’t want to go to back to school next semester. It would be a complete waste of time.”
Although I am the first to say, “college isn’t for everyone” – I could not believe my ears. This was a complete shock.
It may seem harsh, but it’s not a secret; in my house after you graduate high school and turn 18 either you enroll in an institution of higher learning or you find another place to stay. Residency is contingent on the pursuit of a college degree – no exceptions.
Lucky for him, I was driving and I needed to remain focused. Lucky for me, his dad was in the passenger seat stressing the importance of a college degree, the benefits of socializing and engaging with like-minded people, networking and building relationships – the college experience. Not to mention the immediate effect of not going to college equaled homelessness.
From the rear I hear a voice say, “a college degree is useless in my field. (Freelance Concept & Illustration Art) The only thing that matters is a high quality portfolio. Taking gen-ed classes are a waste of money and the fundamental art classes and projects are useless and time-consuming. I need to spend my time honing my craft.”
All I could think was honing my craft…honing my craft… What in the hell was that suppose to mean?
Well here’s the sitch. He wants to take a year off to hone his craft, learn everything he can through forums, critiques, tutorials and live streams. While in the process, build a bad ass portfolio. He actually thinks this unorthodox way of learning qualifies as a pursuit towards higher education.
We said college degree. Does he think he found a loop-hole?
Well, school starts in a week. He is not enrolled and after several arguments, heated debates and many minutes of pondering we’ve agreed to give him that year.
I really hope he goes all balls out. It’s only 17 days in and he has already received a commission to do the concept and background art for a video game.
Maybe college would have been a complete waste of time.
I’m Just Sayin…(Damn!)